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Thursday, August 16, 2018

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Walters: Hallquist Exits Primary in the Red, Scott Kickstarts Fundraising

Posted By on Thu, Aug 16, 2018 at 2:40 PM

Christine Hallquist greets supporters on primary night. - FILE: JAMES BUCK
  • File: James Buck
  • Christine Hallquist greets supporters on primary night.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist emerged from Vermont's primary Tuesday with her party's nomination — but with no money in her campaign fund. Republican Gov. Phil Scott, who'd been fundraising and spending at a rather leisurely rate through mid-July, began shaking the money tree in earnest during the run-up to primary day.

Wednesday night marked a deadline for filing campaign finance reports. Hallquist, the former CEO of the Vermont Electric Coop, reported raising $40,000 in the past month, and a total of $157,000 for the entire cycle — including $18,000 in loans to her own campaign. At the same period in the 2016 election cycle, Democratic nominee Sue Minter had raised more than $1 million.

Hallquist has spent $159,000, which leaves her about $2,000 underwater. She is hoping to get a big boost in donations following a flood of national news coverage of her primary win, which made her the first openly transgender major-party candidate for governor in U.S. history. She will need it.

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Pay Raises for UVM Medical Center Administrators Anger Nurses

Posted By on Thu, Aug 16, 2018 at 1:47 PM

The hospital's chief operating officer Eileen Whalen (center) and Dr. Isabelle Desjardins - SARA TABIN
  • Sara Tabin
  • The hospital's chief operating officer Eileen Whalen (center) and Dr. Isabelle Desjardins
The University of Vermont Medical Center has given its administrators hefty raises and bonuses, according to its most recent tax filing. That's a "bitter pill to swallow" for the nurses fighting for higher wages and additional staffing, said union vice president Deb Snell.

The medical center on Wednesday released its fiscal year 2017 Internal Revenue Service Form 990 just hours after administrators and nurses left the bargaining table the night before without coming to an agreement.

The documents show that Eileen Whalen, president and chief operating officer, made more than $1,050,000 in salary and benefits during fiscal year 2017, about 20 percent higher than the $866,000 she earned the previous year.

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